Famous Quotes from Socrates
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  • Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
  • A multitude of books distracts the mind.
  • Remember, no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too scornful in misfortune.
  • He is rich who is content with the least; for contentment is the wealth of nature.
  • Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.
  • Give me beauty in the inward soul; may the outward and the inward man be at one.
  • Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions, but those who kindly reprove thy faults.
  • Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.
  • To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise: for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that men can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to them: but they fear it as if they knew quite well that it was the greatest of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know?
  • The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways; I to die, and you to live. Which is better? Only God knows.
  • If I tell you that I would be disobeying the god and on that account it is impossible for me to keep quiet, you won’t be persuaded by me, taking it that I am ionizing. And if I tell you that it is the greatest good for a human being to have discussions every day about virtue and the other things you hear me talking about, examining myself and others, and that the unexamined life is not livable for a human being, you will be even less persuaded.
  • Whenever, therefore, people are deceived and form opinions wide of the truth, it is clear that the error has slid into their minds through the medium of certain resemblances to that truth.
  • Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart’s desire; the other is to get it.
  • The fewer our wants the more we resemble the Gods.
  • False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
  • Whom do I call educated? First, those who manage well the circumstances they encounter day by day. Next, those who are decent and honorable in their intercourse with all men, bearing easily and good naturedly what is offensive in others and being as agreeable and reasonable to their associates as is humanly possible to be… those who hold their pleasures always under control and are not ultimately overcome by their misfortunes… those who are not spoiled by their successes, who do not desert their true selves but hold their ground steadfastly as wise and sober — minded men.
  • An education obtained with money is worse than no education at all
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